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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Breathe (08/19/10)

TITLE: Nearing Shore
By vincent lyons
08/24/10


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To stand alone on the Atlantic shore
And breathe in deep the misty salted air,
To hear again the waves familiar roar,
The spray on ruddy cheeks, the ruffled hair—
But I’ll go down to breathe the sea no more.

To sit beneath a mountain ash in June,
The smell of flowing meadows on the breeze,
The corncrake and the cuckoo sing their tune,
The droning hum of busy honey bees—
But summer turns to winter oh so soon!

The crunch of crispy grass beneath my shoe,
My breath turned into fog by winter chill;
It’s silent now and signs of life are few,
The leafless barren boughs are deathly still
Awaiting spring to breathe in life anew.

These days my breathing’s laboured—I’ve grown old
And oftentimes I am confined inside,
When pollen count is high or weather’s cold—
What is best for me, others now decide,
But I return within to days of old.

But now a nearer shore is calling me,
The day of His appearing coming fast;
I know the Lord of Glory I’ll soon see
When snatched away or when I breathe my last—
Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus! Let it be!


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Margaret Kearley 08/26/10
I love this - what a beautiful poem. A particularly great last verse.
Mark Kinsman08/27/10
I liked it. Just a tinge of honest sorrow yet it radiated wisdom, graditude, faith and joy. Thank you!
Charla Diehl 08/27/10
This is beautiful in content, imagery, rhyme and message. This is worth multiple reads--that's my opinion.
Verna Cole Mitchell 08/27/10
Oh my goodness--what a gorgeous poem, so beautiful in imagery and in meaning.
Caitlyn Meissner08/28/10
A great poem, and the touch of sadness really got to me. Good job!
Linda Wright08/30/10
Simply lovely. I agree with all the other comments. I too will read and reread this beauty.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/31/10
You've taken wonderful snapshots of life and captured them with your words.